"On April 23, as the flowers appear on the earth and the voice
of the turtle is heard in our land, Microsoft releases Windows 2003
Server. That marks a good time for Microsoft shops to begin some
training--in Linux administration.
"Many Windows shops are still using Windows NT Server 4.0.
Microsoft has already announced that this product is on its last
legs; Microsoft will stop providing hot fixes at the end of 2003
for all but security issues, which it will continue to provide
until the end of 2004. Given that deadline, these organizations
must decide how to upgrade their server infrastructure. If they've
bought into Microsoft's Software Assurance program, they've already
paid for their server operating system upgrade, and will likely
continue on to Windows 2003 Server. But many companies have
rebelled against Microsoft's attempt to extract a steady stream
upgrade dollars from its customers. These organizations can benefit
from Linux--if they have the expertise to take advantage of it.
"One of the main barriers to corporate Linux adoption is simple
unfamiliarity. A cure for that is employee training, which benefits
not only the organization but the employees. Training is key to
helping organizations keep competent employees; it helps workers
stay satisfied with their skill levels and hence their jobs..."